Morning Must Reads: December 6

In the news: the death of Nelson Mandela; budget talks; Bill Bratton returns to NYPD; 2 Gitmo detainees released; the Pope

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Photograph by Hans Gedda
Photograph by Hans Gedda
  • Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013: Remembering an Icon of Freedom [TIME]
  • One week before their self-imposed deadline, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are a few billion dollars apart from a budget deal [TIME]
  • Legendary former NYPD police chief William Bratton returns to his post [TIME]
  • “Coming to the end of a year that has bitterly divided their caucus, House Republicans are grappling with how bold they should be in shaping a legislative agenda for 2014.” [WashPost]
  • “From July 12, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2013, the president’s public schedule records zero one-on-one meetings between Obama and [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius. Equally shocking, over the same period, the president’s calendar lists 277 private meetings with his other Cabinet secretaries (excluding full Cabinet meetings).” [Politico]
  • “The Pentagon announced Thursday that it had repatriated two longtime Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detainees to Algeria, where, fearing persecution, neither man wanted to be sent.” [NYT]
  • Four things to know before the jobs report [WSJ]
  • Can the Pope change the Vatican? [New Yorker]
  • The Most Notable Education Stories of 2013 [Atlantic]